Nothing like a game against the Suns to help Kobe Bryant break out of his shooting slump. As he typically does, Kobe torched Phoenix Friday night (38 points, 14-of-25 from the floor), leading the Lakers to a 12 point win at Staples.
There were other things to like -- Matt Barnes continued his run of good play off the bench, posting 17 points and seven rebounds in 23:35 of burn -- and a few things less appealing, but in the end the Lakers earned their 18th win of the season, with another game against the Suns coming Sunday in the desert.
Among the talking points from tonight's show...
Kobe's big night, and why the Suns popped up on the schedule at the perfect time.
Bench production. Steve Blake may not post huge numbers, but ask Barnes about the weather, and he'll tell you how happy he is to have Blake back.
Alvin Gentry called the Lakers a dangerous playoff team. Mike Brown and Bryant agreed. Are they right?
Inside the show are postgame clips from Mike Brown, and click below for more from Brown, Pau Gasol, and Barnes.
Pau Gasol on allowing Phoenix back into the game:
Pau Gasol on his shooting struggles in the game
Matt Barnes on the bench and Blake:
Brown, on the team's improvement offensively:
Brown, on balanced contributions: